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EPOLL_CTL

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (2)
Updated: 2002-10-23
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NAME

epoll_ctl - control interface for an epoll descriptor  

SYNOPSIS

#include <sys/epoll.h>

int epoll_ctl(int epfd, int op, int fd, struct epoll_event *event)  

DESCRIPTION

Control an epoll descriptor, epfd, by requesting that the operation op be performed on the target file descriptor, fd. The event describes the object linked to the file descriptor fd. The struct epoll_event is defined as :

typedef union epoll_data {
    void *ptr;
    int fd;
    __uint32_t u32;
    __uint64_t u64;
} epoll_data_t;

struct epoll_event {
    __uint32_t events;      /* Epoll events */
    epoll_data_t data;      /* User data variable */
};

The events member is a bit set composed using the following available event types :

EPOLLIN
The associated file is available for read(2) operations.
EPOLLOUT
The associated file is available for write(2) operations.
EPOLLRDHUP (since kernel 2.6.17)
Stream socket peer closed connection, or shut down writing half of connection. (This flag is especially useful for writing simple code to detect peer shutdown when using Edge Triggered monitoring.)
EPOLLPRI
There is urgent data available for read(2) operations.
EPOLLERR
Error condition happened on the associated file descriptor. epoll_wait(2) will always wait for this event; it is not necessary to set it in events.
EPOLLHUP
Hang up happened on the associated file descriptor. epoll_wait(2) will always wait for this event; it is not necessary to set it in events.
EPOLLET
Sets the Edge Triggered behaviour for the associated file descriptor. The default behaviour for epoll is Level Triggered. See epoll(7) for more detailed information about Edge and Level Triggered event distribution architectures.
EPOLLONESHOT (since kernel 2.6.2)
Sets the one-shot behaviour for the associated file descriptor. This means that after an event is pulled out with epoll_wait(2) the associated file descriptor is internally disabled and no other events will be reported by the epoll interface. The user must call epoll_ctl(2) with EPOLL_CTL_MOD to re-enable the file descriptor with a new event mask.

The epoll interface supports all file descriptors that support poll(2). Valid values for the op parameter are :

EPOLL_CTL_ADD
Add the target file descriptor fd to the epoll descriptor epfd and associate the event event with the internal file linked to fd.
EPOLL_CTL_MOD
Change the event event associated with the target file descriptor fd.
EPOLL_CTL_DEL
Remove the target file descriptor fd from the epoll file descriptor, epfd. The event is ignored and can be NULL (but see BUGS below).
 

RETURN VALUE

When successful, epoll_ctl(2) returns zero. When an error occurs, epoll_ctl(2) returns -1 and errno is set appropriately.  

ERRORS

EBADF
epfd or fd is not a valid file descriptor.
EEXIST
op was EPOLL_CTL_ADD, and the supplied file descriptor fd is already in epfd.
EINVAL
epfd is not an epoll file descriptor, or fd is the same as epfd, or the requested operation op is not supported by this interface.
ENOENT
op was EPOLL_CTL_MOD or EPOLL_CTL_DEL, and fd is not in epfd.
ENOMEM
There was insufficient memory to handle the requested op control operation.
EPERM
The target file fd does not support epoll.
 

CONFORMING TO

epoll_ctl(2) is Linux specific, and was introduced in kernel 2.5.44.  

BUGS

In kernel versions before 2.6.9, the EPOLL_CTL_DEL operation required a non-NULL pointer in event, even though this argument is ignored. Since kernel 2.6.9, event can be specified as NULL when using EPOLL_CTL_DEL.  

SEE ALSO

epoll_create(2), epoll_wait(2), poll(2), epoll(7)


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
CONFORMING TO
BUGS
SEE ALSO




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